Color Guard
Tuesday October 29th 2019, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Knit
(Photo by Carolyn Richards)

Two men approaching. Turning in tandem just so. Lifting then folding the flag that had been draped over the coffin. Smoothing it down in a crisp motion. Again. Again.

The one striding in controlled, perfect steps to Mom, bowing low with the now-three-sided flag in his hands, thanking her for Dad’s service to our country and then placing the token in hers.

I was sitting next to her watching his eyes looking straight into hers and it was deeply moving.

I know it’s memorized and rehearsed. And yet–how often now do those two young soldiers get to pay their respects to the new widow of a WWII vet? To honor her as well. Our Greatest Generation.

May our country do the same for their families, hopefully seventy or so years away, when it is their turn.

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It is an honor and a privilege to serve at a funeral. Unfortunately, it is one that happens all to often in the last 15 years. We are losing the last of our WWII vets and the Korean War vets are not far behind.

I know with your family, the flag was received with the same respect that it was offered.

Comment by Holly 10.29.19 @ 9:29 pm

Thank you for sharing this solemn and emotional family moment.

I have goosebumps reading you.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 10.30.19 @ 6:00 am


Comment by ccr in MA 10.30.19 @ 7:18 am

The most moving part of the ceremony. My grandpa–WWI, my dad WWII, my husband-Korean War

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.30.19 @ 8:55 am

I have never heard a bugle with such a tender, sweet tone, as was played there for Dad. It was perfect.

When Mom had to find a copy of his discharge papers in order for this to be arranged, she knew she had seen them but couldn’t remember just where. She went to his wallet to look for something else, and found a card which was a miniature of those papers, and answered that need. No one had had any idea that he had carried that on his person all those years, as a veteran. His service mattered to him. It was indeed moving to have it honored.

Comment by Marian 10.30.19 @ 9:49 am

What a beautiful honor.

Comment by LauraN 11.01.19 @ 6:08 pm

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